Official Blog of Dead Fish Handshake


New Show Announcement – Dunellen, NJ

DFH @ Roxy & DukesWe’ll be joining APOLLO UNDER FIRE (featuring DC (Eye Empire) & Peter Klett (Candlebox)) as they make their Jersey debut on Wednesday, June 15 at Roxy & Dukes. Join us. Tickets available.

New Show Announcement – Sayreville, NJ

DFH @ Starland Ballroom We got a serious case of cabin fever going on, so we thought we’d break for a minute from all these writing sessions to get out and see you all again.

Can’t wait to get back up on that stage at Starland Ballroom on May 24th as we open for Sixx A.M with special guests Cilver.

A Word…

It’s been quite a little while since we’ve filled you in on what we’ve been up to, so we thought an update was in order.

We’ve been away from the live circuit for a bit because we really wanted to focus on crafting some new music. And so, we’re happy to say that we’re knee-deep in writing our new record which we hope to release in the coming months. There are a lot of really cool sounds and songs being written and we’re proud of how everything is coming along. Some of it familiar; some different; but it’s all very DFH.

In the meantime, behind the scenes, we’re trying to figure out the right way to bring these songs to life. We hope to get into the studio very soon. We’ll have more information on that as we get it.

That’s all for now. We miss you all and really hope to see you again.

Dead Fish Handout 2015


As we wind down the year, we wanted to wish everyone a great holiday. We had an awesome 2015, all thanks to all of you that continue to support us. Looking forward to more fun in the new year. We’ve been holed up in our studio writing the next [long overdue] DFH release which we hope to release in 2016.

In the meantime, as tradition, we jumped into the recording studio for our annual Dead Fish Handout. We love digging into our various different influences and bands we enjoy when trying to narrow down the list of possible songs to cover. This year was no different. We took to an acoustic version of a song called “The Scientist” by Coldplay. It’s a very chill song with a little bit of DFH to it.

We hope you enjoy it.

Thanks again for the continued support.
See you all again in 2016.

| Matthew | Rob | Darren | Mark |

What is the Dead Fish Handout?

’round this time, every year, we jump in the studio for an acoustic take of a song or artist that we are fans of. It began back in 2010 with and we’ve done one every year since. We record the song and send it out to you, our DFH Family. And so on Christmas morning, a new Dead Fish Handout awaits in your email inbox. It’s a simple “thank you” to all the people who continue to support us and allow us to do what we do. We appreciate it more than you know.

To ensure you don’t miss out, sign up for our mailing list, which can be found all year long on our website under the CONTACT tab.

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All past Dead Fish Handouts are available to stream via our YouTube Channel.

Dead Fish Handout 2010 – “River of Deceit” [Mad Season]
Dead Fish Handout 2011 – “Under The Milky Way” [The Church]
Dead Fish Handout 2012 – “When Doves Cry” [Prince]
Dead Fish Handout 2013 – “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” [U2]
Dead Fish Handout 2014 – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” [The Police]

Thanksgiving Sale

This weekend, we’re slashing prices on all items in our DFH Store:

Thanksgiving Sale

“Nothing Stays Gold” – Performance Video [trailer]

Trailer for our upcoming performance video of “Nothing Stays Gold” available here:

directed by Chino Marin


Writing and sifting through ideas for the long overdue DFH follow-up record has kept us busy. We have some pretty rad stuff we’ve cooked up. Some different. Some right in line with what you’d expect from DFH.

We’re starting to narrow the list down in order to demo some of it with hopes of hitting the studio very soon.

In the meantime, we shot a performance video for “NOTHING STAYS GOLD” which will be out soon. Here’s a little taste of it. (directed by Chino Marin).

Cryptic Rock Review of Rock Carnival

Many thanks to the fine folks over at and Aint-Tellin Photography for taking the time to review and photograph our set at the Rock Carnival. Cryptic Rock

New Show Announcement – New York City, NY

DFH @ SlakeWe’re inching closer and closer to heading back into the studio to get started on a long-overdue new record, but we have an evening in New York City before that happens. Join us on October 16th at Slake | NYC with our friends, Syka.